New firm takes on classic Buffalo design, with a twist

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Michael Anderson never thought he’d call Buffalo home.

“When I came here in ’97 I would have got on the next plane out of here,” he told News 4.

The native New Zealander went to UB, and said after four years here, something started to grow on him; the architecture.

At 6’8, Anderson didn’t always have plans to be in the design business. He played football and rugby, but fell in love with Buffalo’s classic buildings.

He looked at some of the old Frank Lloyd Wright homes and Kleinhan’s Music Hall, and saw something that had been lost.

“Up until the early 70s, maybe late 60s,  Buffalo was a very contemporary architectural city,” he said.

“Something happened around about late 1960s early 70s, and that just stopped.”

His goal now, is to bring it back.

His firm, Abstract Architecture fuses old Buffalo with new Buffalo.

Part of his vision is bring the development of the west side to other parts of the city.

His operation on Broadway is still a work in progress, he said, but staying small is important to him.

He’s all about home design.

“Today it seems that the mindset from a lot of clients is that I have to do a traditional Buffalo home.”

It’s something Buffalonians dont’s easily break from, he said, but he sees the Queen City having the design potential of larger cities.

That means more natural light, clean lines, and lots of open space; which makes for great urban living, he says.

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